Christine McEntee (FACETS Chair), Principal, CWMcEntee LLC, Former CEO, American Geophysical Union
For more than 25 years, Christine McEntee has made her mark as an association leader and innovator, guiding some of the most prominent membership organizations through reinventions in governance, membership, programs, public policy, and outreach. Most recently she served as CEO of the American Geophysical Union, a leading professional global scientific society that annually serves over 100,000 Earth and space scientists. Prior to that, McEntee served as the chief executive at the American Institute of Architects and the American College of Cardiology following her tenure as the executive vice president of the American Hospital Association.
Long active in the not-for-profit organization community, McEntee has served on numerous boards, is an ASAE fellow, and has been recognized with numerous awards, including the CEO Update Professional CEO of the Year, Crain’s Chicago Business Under 40 Movers and Shakers, and ASAE’s Women Who Advance America Award. She is a regular spokesperson to the media and professional audiences.
Linda Allen, Director of Scientific Meetings, American Physiological Society
Linda Allen serves as Director of Scientific Meetings at the American Physiological Society. Her passion for physiology fuels a desire to create collaborative events that facilitate scientific discovery to improve human and animal health. A core tenet is that the scientific meeting experience must bridge searchers and seekers through intentional design. Linda cofounded the MoCo Meeting Planners Group, a basic science planners forum, as a vehicle to improve scientific meetings through emerging technologies and design.
Gabriel Filippelli, Editor-in-Chief, GeoHealth
Gabriel Filippelli is a Chancellor’s Professor of Earth Sciences, a courtesy Professor of Global Health, and directs the Center for Urban Health at Indiana University. Filippelli is a biogeochemist with broad training in climate change, exposure science, and environmental health. Filippelli has published broadly, including publications in Science, Nature and Geology as well as in specialty journals and in popular press. He has personally directed over $9M of research funding over his career and is currently a co-PI on the $55M Indiana University Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge initiative. He is the editor-in-chief for the journal GeoHealth, published by the American Geophysical Union. Filippelli is a fellow of the International Association of Geochemistry and former National Academy of Sciences Jefferson Fellow, where he served as a senior science advisor for the State Department, with a policy portfolio including Science Cooperation in the Arctic, and Antarctic climate change.
Amandeep Gill, PhD Candidate, University of Nevada, Reno
Amandeep Gill is a PhD candidate at University of Nevada, working with Dr. Alla Safronova on theoretical high-energy-density plasma physics. She currently serves on the SPS/Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Congress Executive Planning Committee. Her past work includes serving as the SPS associate zone councilor for zone 18, vice president of external affairs of the Nevada graduate student government, and as western regional vice chair of the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students.
Lauren Kane, Chief Strategy Officer, Morressier
Lauren Kane is chief strategy officer of Morressier, providing virtual-conference solutions for professional and academic organizations and a platform for critical early-stage research. Prior to joining Morressier, she served as CEO of the strategic consultancy Delta Think and COO of the nonprofit scientific publisher BioOne. With 17 years in scholarly communications, Kane has extensive experience working with societies, research organizations, and publishers to effectively navigate the evolving market landscape. A frequent industry contributor, Kane proudly serves as the 2020–2021 president for the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP). She holds a BA from Georgetown University and an MBA from the University of New Hampshire.
Alex Lazinica, CEO, Underline
Alex is an experienced CEO, engineer, and robotics/AI scientist, with expertise in business development and building organic distribution channels. He is also a pioneer of the Open Science movement, and cofounder and chairman of the board of IntechOpen, the world’s largest publisher of open access scientific books. After obtaining a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, he continued his PhD in robotics at the Vienna University of Technology. There, he worked as a robotics researcher within the university’s Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Group, as well as a guest researcher at various European universities, including the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL). Alex published more than 20 scientific papers, gave presentations, served as a reviewer for major robotics journals and conferences, and cofounded the International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, the world’s first open access journal in the field of robotics. This was a pivotal point in his career, as it was the pathway to the foundation of IntechOpen, with its focus on addressing academic researchers’ needs. Alex personifies many Underline and IntechOpen key values, including the commitment to developing mutual trust, openness, and a spirit of entrepreneurism. Today his focus is on defining the growth and development strategy for Underline.
Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer, American Astronomical Society
Kevin B. Marvel has served as the executive officer for the American Astronomical Society, the largest professional organization for researchers in astronomy and related disciplines, since July of 2006. He began work with the AAS as associate executive officer for public policy in 1998, establishing the society’s public policy program, and became deputy executive officer in 2003. Before taking up a position with the American Astronomical Society in 1998, he served as a postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology's (CALTECH’s) Owens Valley Radio Observatory. He received his PhD in astronomy in 1996 from New Mexico State University.
Kevin is the author of numerous articles, both scholarly and general interest, book chapters, and two books. He regularly speaks to the public about astronomy and will happily teach anyone to recognize the bright constellations while talking endlessly about the latest discoveries in astronomy. He serves on the Executive Board of the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and has served on the governing boards of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE) and the American Institute of Physics.
Jamie Murdock, Managing Vice President of Sales, Maritz Global Events Company
Jamie Murdock is managing vice president of sales for Maritz Global Events Company and has the responsibility of leading the strategic sales team in cultivating new customers for the organization. He is passionate about inspiring his team to be curious and encourages collaboration across all departments and a wide array of resources. He holds a BS in business from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. Prior to joining Maritz Global Events, Jamie led the national sales team for Disney Destinations. He also held sales executive leadership roles at Zentila, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, and Gaylord Hotels, where he was recognized as the Sales Person of the Year and received its CEO’s Leadership Excellence Award. Most recently he was awarded Citizen of the Year by Maritz Global Events and received the Maritz Global Events Masters Club Division Award. Jamie was named one of the Top 500 People in Events by BizBash in 2018 and 2019.
Brian Papa, Associate Executive Director, American Meteorological Society
Brian is currently the associate executive director of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). In this role he oversees the operations of the AMS's functional departments, including the AMS Meetings Department. Brian also directly manages the AMS's IT/Project Management Department. Since starting at AMS in 2006, Brian has been involved in the transformation of multiple departments in the organization to leverage new technologies and workflows to increase efficiency and productivity and to better engage with AMS members. Brian has a MS in the atmospheric and oceanic sciences from McGill University and is PMP certified. Over the course of his career he has been both a meeting attendee and presenter, and now works closely with the AMS Meetings Department to drive strategy and growth. In 2020 the AMS held its largest Annual Meeting, associated with its centennial, and is preparing to have its first entirely virtual Annual Meeting in January 2021.
Lily Wang, Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty and Inclusion, College of Engineering, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Lily Wang is a professor in the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction, and associate dean for faculty and inclusion in the College of Engineering at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She received her BS in civil engineering with a certificate in architecture from Princeton University, and a PhD in acoustics from the Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on a variety of room acoustic and noise control topics, including human comfort and performance in acoustics sound fields found in classrooms, offices, and restaurants; uncertainty in acoustic measurements; and room acoustics computer modeling.
Wang is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), board certified by the Institute of Noise Control Engineering, a professional engineer licensed in acoustics through the state of Oregon, and a recipient of the ASA Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship, ASA R. Bruce Lindsay Award, NSF CAREER Award, and ASHRAE Ralph G. Nevins Physiology and Human Environment Award. She has also received a number of teaching and mentoring awards, including the ASA Student Council Mentoring Award. She has served as ASA president (2018–19), vice president (2015–16), and chair of the ASA Technical Committee on Architectural Acoustics (2004–07).